Are Registry Cleaners Worth It?

Are Registry Cleaners Worth It?

Mark Ostruszka asked the Answer Line forum if he should use a Registry repair program. There’s considerable controversy on this subject. These programs examine your Windows Registry, looking for pointers to non-existent files and other problems. Then, with your permission, they “fix” the problems, usually by deleting the keys. Many experts are absolutely opposed to … Read more

What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point?

What's the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What's the Point?

There’s nothing more mysterious on a Windows PC than the Registry, and today we’ll explain exactly what it is, how it works, and whether you should bother cleaning it. We’ll also go about debunking a few widespread registry myths along the way. As I said, the registry has always been a mysterious—if not entirely misunderstood—component … Read more

Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner

Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner

Running Registry cleaners generally makes us nervous, as they’re far more likely to remove some important setting than make any measurable difference to your system speed. Most developers try to address this by building real intelligence into their code, but “Clean PC Smart” takes a different route: despite listing thousands of “issues” and claiming to … Read more

How to clean your registry (and whether or not you should)

How to clean your registry (and whether or not you should)

The Windows registry is exactly as it sounds—a central registry. It contains all the configuration settings for the operating system, hardware, user profiles, and software. Needless to say, it’s an integral and delicate component of your operating system. All the entries, referred to as keys and subkeys, are sorted into five major categories known as … Read more